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Oct 9, 2012 11:00pm EDT
, maryland u i'm shomari stone, news 4. >> a resurgence for mitt romney. can he hold onto those poll numbers. new poll numbers have him up five points in the midwest including the crucial battleground state in ohio. gallop pollsters say some of the bump in the polls that romney got after the debate is starting to drop off a bit. the producers of sesame street have asked obama's campaign to take down the big bird advertisement. the add mocks mitt romney's vow to end federal funding for public broadcasting. romney says the president should spend more time on seersz issues. >>> mean tile, michelle obama traveled today to try to appeal to female voters. >> are we good right there? we got somebody downright here. we get water. we're coming. help is on the way. [ cheers and applause ] >> mrs. obama advised the crowd to bend their knees while standing for long stretches. the first lady continued her speech touting her husband's work and making sure the stunts can get the financial aid they need. >> a u.s. district court judge set some tougher, new rules and warned him not to break them. bro
NBC
Oct 9, 2012 6:00am EDT
. >>> a post-debate for mitt romney has him leading in at least one poll. a survey by pew research shows mitt romney now holds a 4-point lead over the president, 49% to 45%. it amounts to a huge swing for the former governor who trailed the president by 8 points in pew's previous poll, just about a month ago, 51-43. the poll shows romney's favorability is rising and he is making gains among women and hispanic voters. >>> mitt romney and president obama will be campaigning in the heartland today. romney will be visiting iowa. it will be the gop nominee easily seventh trip to iowa since finishing second in that state's caucuses in january. romney will visit ohio where the president will be this afternoon. mr. obama will be at ohio state university in columbus. he has campaigned on more than 30 college campuses this year. the first lady campaigning for the president today here in northern virginia. michelle obama will speak to supporters at the loudoun county fairgrounds in leesburg this evening. virginia has been a common stop for both candidates and their spouses. mitt romney and hi
NBC
Oct 9, 2012 5:00pm EDT
forecast. >>> all righty. in the race for the white house, mitt romney is enjoying a surge in poll numbers after his strong debate performance. he is campaigning in the midwest at an appearance in iowa. he became emotional when he recounted a chance meeting with glen dougherty. a massachusetts mative. he was killed last month in benghazi. >>> meanwhile, president obama's campaign is using big bird to child romney for saying he'll end federal funding for public broadcasting. the satirical ad shows images of the convicted financiers including bernie madoff and it suggested that romney thinks it is more important to worry about sesame street than wall street. the republicans say that obama is focusing on inconsequential matters, rather than urge enissues like the economy and the middle east. the producer of sesame street have asked the obama campaign to stop using big bird. calling themselves a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. >>> first lady michelle obama is getting ready to speak to supporters in loudoun county right now. this come a day after anne romney's visit to the richmond
NBC
Oct 7, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. he's already seeing a bounce from his debate performance. a new rasmussen poll shows romney leading president obama by two machine points in that battleground state. >>> a wedding celebration takes a violent turn. a massive brawl broke out between two wedding parties at a hotel bar in philadelphia. youtube video shows a chaotic scene in which guests are seen fighting with police. four people were arrested. a 57-year-old wedding guest, reportedly the uncle of the bride, suppered a heart attack. he was taken to a hospital but pronounced dead a short time later. >>> was it a rumble or a fumble. two of tv's biggest personalities debated politics while most of the audience at home couldn't watch it. it was a hit for those who did see it at george washington university, but video servers crashed because of overwhelming demand. viewers who paid $5 to stream the debate online took to twitter when they couldn't connect. organize verse apologized. they have offered refunds to subscribers who had problems or they're saying you can go back online and watch it in its entirety. you saw a lot of t
NBC
Oct 10, 2012 4:00am EDT
need? >> reporter: warnings for president obama romney's closing the gap. the latest poll, reuters has them tied, gallup has him up by 2 and q has them up by 4. >> reporter: we were talking about polls in the battleground state. it also looks like according to other polls that pennsylvania and michigan may no longer be safe bets for the president. lynn? >> tracie pots for us in washington. tracie, thank you. >>> a 70-year-old man has become the first person in florida to die from the meningitis outbreak. that brings the death toll to 12. now two lawmakers say they'll write legislation giving the fda more power over specialty pharmacies like the one believed to be at the center of the outbreak. >>> we have an update this morning on that 14-year-old pakistani girl shot in the head by the taliban for blogging. the senior neurosurgeon tells nbc news the girl was operated on today but remains in critical condition. however, he is optimistic about her recovery. she was air lifted to a military hospital after being attacked while on a school bus in the swat valley. in washington the state
NBC
Oct 8, 2012 11:00pm EDT
white house now, there's a new poll that shows mitt romney with a four-point lead over president obl. back in september, just one month ago, romney trailed the president by eight points. romney tried to keep the momentum going during a campaign stop in virginia today. he spoke at a naval shipyard. he vowed not to cut military spending and he accused the p d president of lack leadership around the middle east. tomorrow, romney will go to iowa and then onto ohio. president obama is busy raising political cash in california tonight as his campaign closes in on $1 billion in donations. the president is in san francisco, preparing to go on stage just after mid night our time for a rally and fundraiser. earlier today, the president dedicated the casar chavez national monument. >> in the race for the u.s. senate, a debate tonight talking about the economy, a gridlock in congress and even big bird. >> reporter: with the richmond pbs station hosting the debate -- >> i pledge tonight not to fire big bird and not to defund public broadcasting. >> that was the only light moment in the hour-long
NBC
Oct 10, 2012 6:00am EDT
romney the lead. president obama leads a separate gallup poll in a survey of re registered voters. romney is focusing in the battleground state of ohio for the second day today. no republican has won the election without winning ohio. >>> a congressional committee will meet today to discuss last month's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. it's expected to focus on serious missteps by the state department. ambassador chris stevens and three others were killed in that attack. a state department official will be one of the witnesses to testify before the house oversight committee. he is expected to deny reports the state department ignored requests for additional security in libya in the weeks before the attack. >>> today the supreme court will hear a case on whether race should be a factor considered in college admissions. the nine justices will hear the case of abigail fisher. she says she was denied admission to the university of texas austin in 2008 because she's white. the university says she was denied because she fell outside the top 10% of her class. the decision
NBC
Oct 15, 2012 4:30am EDT
washington post/abc news poll. 46% favor mitt romney, and that puts them within the margin of error. the results are similar to the poll two weeks ago. before the first presidential debate. nearly two-thirds of people surveyed say they don't need any more information before election day to make their decisions. both candidates will spend today and tomorrow preparing for the second presidential debate. that town hall style debate will focus on domestic and foreign policy. president obama practicing for tomorrow night at a resort in williamsburg, virginia. mitt romney is preparing in boston. both sides agree the president has to improve on his performance from the first debate. >> he's got to be more energetic. i think you'll see somebody who's very passionate about the choice that our country faces. >> the president can change his style. he can change his tactics. he can't change his record, and he can't change his policies, and that's what this election is about. >> some obama aides say the president wasn't as prepared as they wanted for the first debate because he had to focus on some o
NBC
Oct 15, 2012 4:00am EDT
ago and within the polls' margi of error. but that doesn't mean mitt romney didn't get a big boost. republicans' enthusiasm for their candidate has soared to 59% now, including an 11-point gain in just the past two weeks. both the romney and obama campaigns are expressing concern about the moderator of tuesday's second presidential debate. candy crowley will be hosting the debate, and she suggested that she'll play a larger role than agreed to by the candidates. according to "time" magazine's mark halperin, the two campaigns have raised objection saying the moderator's participation should be much more limited than she's leading people to believe. crowley has suggested she'll ask follow-up questions, which is not part of the agreed upon format. >>> as the candidates get in their final cram session before tomorrow night's debate, aides say president obama will be more aggressive, and mitt romney's camp says he'll be ready. for details, we go now to nbc's tracy potts. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. aides say that the president has seen the tape of the last
NBC
Oct 15, 2012 6:00pm EDT
it in other swing states. the race is tied nationally in two new polls. mitt romney's likability has shot up after the denver debate. and romney's not mentioned in the new obama ad. >> stick with this guy. he will move us forward. >> reporter: the new romney/paul ryan ad replayed the vp debate. >> absolutely. we're going in the wrong direction. >> reporter: in wisconsin today, ryan pushed turnout. >> vote early absentee, getting people to the polls. >> reporter: the same message later in ohio. >> we even need you to talk to your relatives to pick them up. that's so important. >> reporter: another state, georgia, began early voting today. first lady michelle obama cast her ballot. every day there are fewer voters left to win ov, and less time left to do it. so the hofstra debate could be pivotal. i'm steve handelsman, news4. >>> parents are getting a note about a stabbing at their child's school, at northwood high school on university boulevard west in silver spring. one teenager was injured. another is in custody. news4's pat collins is at the school where school officials and police
NBC
Oct 14, 2012 10:30am EDT
, we'll see the final two debates as polls show mitt romney now improving his standing in key battleground states of florida, virginia, and ohio. look at those polls. meanwhile, this weekend, people are still debating who won the vice presidential face-off as "saturday night live" had some fun with the vice president's over the top performance. >> congressman ryan, we begin with your opening statement. >> thank you. first of all, i want to thank center college for hosting us this evening. >> oh, boy. here we go. oh, man. >> four years ago, president obama made a promise -- >> [ laughter ] >> that he would bring down unemployment below 6%. >> oh, this guy. >> joining us now for our own debate of sorts, republican governor bob mcdonnell. he is the republican governor of virginia, and seen frequently on the campaign trail with mitt romney. the former democratic governor of michigan and now host of current tv's "the war room" jennifer granholm. rounding out the roundtable for the hour, the mayor of atlanta, democrat kasim reed. republican strategist alex castellanos. and nbc news
NBC
Oct 15, 2012 4:00pm EDT
nationally, in two new polls. but mitt romney's likability has shot up after the denver debate. and romney's not mentioned in the new obama ad. >> stick with this guy. he will move us forward. >> reporter: the new romney/paul ryan ad replays the vp debate. >> absolutely. we're going in the wrong direction. >> reporter: in wisconsin today, ryan pushed turnout. >> vote early absentee so you can make sure you work on phone calls and getting people to the polls. >> reporter: in ohio. >> we even need you to talk to your relatives to pick them up. >> reporter: another state, georgia, began early voting today. first lady michelle obama cast her ballot. every day there are fewer voters left to win over and less time left to do it. the hofstra debate could be pivotal. i'm steve handelsman, news4. >>> pizza hut is having second thoughts about a promotional stunt that involves this week's presidential debate. the debate is a townhall format with questionsrom the public. pizza hut announced last week it would offer free pies for life to the person willing to ask president obama and mitt romney whether t
NBC
Oct 8, 2012 6:00pm EDT
, news4. >>> there's a new poll out that suggests mitt romney's strong debate performance last week has improved his standing in the presidential race. the pew research center shows romney leading president obama among likely voters by a margin of 49% to 45%. three weeks ago, that same poll gave president obama an 8-point lead. >>> today the united nations secretary-general said the violence in syria is threatening the stability of the region. activists say the civil war has claimed more than 30,000 lives since it began last year, and the violence has spread beyond the borders. syrian mortars have landed in turkey. for six straight days turkey has launched retaliatory strikes. and warned syria not to test his resolve. he said turkey is ready for war. >>> posters considered so controversial they might incite violence are now hanging in several metro stations. news4's jackie bensen is at the u street station with reactions from riders and from the woman who is behind this campaign. >> reporter: well, the judge ordered the posters to be installed by 5:00 this evening. and it looks like
NBC
Oct 11, 2012 11:00am EDT
romney is taking a break today. a new poll by nbc news and the wall street journal shows major gains by romney in ohio and virginia. romney leads the president 48 to 47, a three-point swing from last week. romney gained two points in ohio to shrink the gap to 51 to 45. in florida, it's just a one-point lead for the president, 48 to 47. storm 4 meteorologist, veronica johnson joins us with a look at the forecast. >> very much like fall around here. we were at 70 degrees yesterday. if this were a roller coaster ride today or actually tomorrow, we would be at the top of the drop. temperatures are going to start to take a dive. >> stomach goes up in your throat? >> as long as you put your hands up, keith. hands up, everybody, hands up. 55 is the temperature now. we started out chilly this morning. running five degrees below average, the temperature. you can see there's a lit bit of wind, too. you can see extra chill from the wind. it's at 15 miles per hour out of the northwest. later today, we'll have more of a southerly wind. when you look to the west, you can see the readings that are
NBC
Oct 6, 2012 11:00pm EDT
. >>> mitt romney is gaining ground, fueled by a post debate bump. one poll shows them both neck and neck. and s.a.t. rules in effect today. what students now need to do before taking the test. >>> plus, bond takes on late night. look how daniel craig is ♪ [ female announcer ] at yoplait, we want you to feel even better about your favorite flavors. so when you call, tweet, and post, we listen. that's why yoplait light and yoplait orinal are now made with no high fructose corn syrup. and why we use only natural colors and natural flavors in yoplait original. so, anything else we can do for you, let us know. but you'll keep it to yogurt, right? 'cause we shouldn't really help with your love life. yoplait. it is so good! >>> mitt romney's debate performance this past wednesday giving him a bump in the polls. a new reuters poll has him within two points of president obama, frailing him 47% to 45% among likely voters nationwide. that's compared to a six-point gap before the debate. romney's performance in denver game hiv a financial boost. his campaign received $12 million in online donation
NBC
Oct 8, 2012 6:00am EDT
presidential hopeful mitt romney is closing the gap in the latest poll. according to the politico/george washington university poll, if the election were held today, 49% of americans would vote for the president, and 48% would vote for romney. today mitt romney will deliver a major foreign policy speech. the speech, called the mental of leadership, is the candidate's tenth foreign policy address since 2011. the former massachusetts governor links the attack on the american consulate in benghazi last month to al qaeda saying, "the attacks on america last month should not be seen as random acts. they are expressions of a larger struggle playing out across the middle east. these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists who use violence to impose their dark ideology on others." >>> today president obama will wrap up his two-day fund-raising trip in california. he will also announce the establishment of the cesar chavez national monument. at a concert, he poked fun at himself in a recent debate performance. >> everyone here is incredible professionals, such great friends, and the
NBC
Oct 10, 2012 7:00pm EDT
something in common with his wife, ann. >> they are both breast cancer survivors. >> reporter: the romney campaign hopes this is a sign of a trend, the polls surge showing that the trend is higher among women voters. on monday, he seemed to soften his position on abortion. >> there is no legislation on abortion that i'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda. >> reporter: the obama campaign jumped on the comment, writing, we know where he stands on a woman's right to choose, pointing to last comments made in 2007. >> so i would like to see roe v wade overturned, and allow the states and the elected representatives and the people themselves have the ability to put in place the legislation >> i think i said time and again, i'm a pro life candidate and will be a pro life president. >> reporter: meanwhile, president obama talked about his lackluster performance. >> it is fair to say i was too polite. >> reporter: bill clinton mocked romney in las vegas monday. >> i had a different reaction to the first debate than a lot of people did. i mean, i thought wow. here is old moderate mit
NBC
Oct 11, 2012 4:00pm EDT
the new nbc poll, no change in florida, obama by one. romney up three since the debate. romney up two in ohio, trailing by six. >> you're talking about single digits, having picked sides as a result of the debate, and romney got the advantage there. so we see a slight closing in these tossup numbers in these three critical states. >> reporter: more pressure on the number two candidates, who face off tonight. for their debate here at center college, domestic and foreign policy, biden and ryan will be seated, which normally leads to a lower energy level. from danville, kentucky, steve handelsman. >> they also came out with a poll on the senate race, showing tightening there, too, huh? >> reporter: that's right. tim kaine at 47% now, just one point above george allen at 46%. just go back a week ago, which, again, was before the presidential debates, jim, and kaine was 49 over allen's 44. a five-point spread became a one-point spad. even in the case of these two guys, both super-well-known governors, that things that happen to the top of the ticket can ripple down to senate races. and so
NBC
Oct 13, 2012 11:00pm EDT
debate. new polls tonight show the president with a slight edge on mitt romney but experts say it is still anybody's race to win. the president hunkered down in virginia tonight preparing for tuesday. but mitt romney spent the day out on the campaign trail. darcy spencer is following both campaigns tonight. >> today mitt romney still basking in the glow of his post-debate bump. and the president is reminding voters of the bailout of the auto industry, and it paid off. it's a weekend of debate preparation for president barack obama. he boarded air force one heading to williamsburg where he'll get ready for the town hall-style debate taking place tuesday. before leaving washington he reminded voters of his administration's rescue of the auto industry. >> but we refused to throw in the towel and do nothing. we refused to let detroit go bankrupt. i bet on american workers and american injean newty and three years later that bet is paying off in a big way. >> reporter: republican contender mitt romney is in ohio first preparing for the debate, then campaigning. he says there's been a cres
NBC
Oct 12, 2012 5:00am EDT
romney campaign get a bump in the polls at least coming out of that debate. so going in, both of these candidates -- vice president biden looking to energize things while paul ryan looking to not dampen any of the enthusiasm that they feel like they gained coming out of the first presidential debate. they talked about a range of topics from taxes to jobs to the economy. and also, some heated exchanges when it came to problems in the middle east. let's take a listen. >> we will not allow the iranians to get a nuclear weapon. >> they're moving faster toward a nuclear weapon. it's because the administration has no credibility on this issue. >> there is no weapon that the iranians have at this point. are you going to go to war? is that what you want to do now? >> we want to prevent war. >> they want to prevent war, but obviously not afraid to skirmish when it comes to the politics of this campaign. early results from the pundits, from the analysts showing they feel like it was mixed, that both sides came in wanting to do certain things, and both men apparently able to do that in the
NBC
Oct 11, 2012 5:00pm EDT
denver. mitt romney's strong performance has led to new momentum in the polls. the latest nbc news poll shows romney gained support in three swing states. it shows him leading by one point now in virginia. obama's lead in florida has shrunk to a single point and lost two points in ohio. he was leading romney by eight before the debate, now mr. obama is up by six. >>> get ready for even colder temps on the way, folks. we could see our first freeze. meteorologist doug kammerer is outside on the storm 4 weather deck. doug? >> oh, yeah, high, guys. temperatures out here right now, 62 degrees out at the airport right now. winds out of the south at 7 miles per hour. humidity at 35%. very cool afternoon right now. we're going to be a lot cooler as we move through the next 24 hours or so. temperatures around the region, 61 in gaithersburg, 61 in leesburg, and 64 down towards fredericksburg. with this sunshine, feeling pretty good across much of the area, ashe sun goes down, however, we will cool off fairly quickly. let's head down to the silver spring area, around rosemary hills. i went th
NBC
Oct 15, 2012 5:00am EDT
president obama and mitt romney prepare for their second debate, the race for the white house stands pretty much where it did before the first debate. leads among 3% among likely voters. that's within the poll's margin of error. president obama led by 2% before the first debate, which most voters believe romney won. the obama campaign says the president will be more prepared for tomorrow night's debate. he is preparing right now at a resort in williamsburg, virginia. he visited campaign volunteers nearby yesterday. mitt romney, meanwhile, is practicing in boston. he made just a brief appearance yesterday as he and his wife headed to church. the president's campaign says you can expect a different tone tomorrow night. romney's aides say that won't matter. >>> and this is your last chance to register to vote if you haven't done so already. in fact, today is the deadline to register in virginia. maryland voters have until tomorrow, and the same goes for people in west virginia. in the district, the deadline has already passed register by mail, but you can still register in person. you'l
NBC
Oct 10, 2012 11:00am EDT
weapons in syria. >>> mitt romney is making gains since the debate of last week. a new poll has him leading 49% to 47%. president obama leads a separate poll with registered voters. stuff that keeps coming up, no republican has won an election without winning ohio. >> it's me, big bird. >> big, yellow, a menace to our economy. >> the producers of "sesame street" are not happy with this. the workshop wants president obama to stop running it now. the ad mocks romney in last week's debate when he vowed to end public funding for broadcasting. they are a nonpartisan, nonprofit and don't get involved in politics. they are reviewing the concerns. >>> people are gathering outside the supreme court for a rally. the nine justices are hearing the case. fisher says she was denied admission to the university of texas in 2008 because she is white. they said she fell outside the top 10% of her class. a decision is not expected until next year. >>> history in outer space. the first mission space x dragon docked with the international space station earlier this morning. the ship is carries 1,000 pou
NBC
Oct 8, 2012 2:05am EDT
this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> the economy is again the central focus. the new jobs numbers drop the unm employment rate below 9%. >> we have made too much progress. >> a sign of recovery as the voters head to the polls. we cover it all this morning. the policy fight emerging from the debate and the policy. what does the debate reveal about these two men? >>> plus, our preview of the vice presidential debate this coming week. this morning, a special panel. obama campaign senior adviser robert gibbs. former republican presidential candidate newt gingrich. hilary rosen. mike murphy. and nbc's chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> and finally, what you haven't heard from arnold schwarzenegger this week. a revealing conversation with the former california governor. he talks politics and his personal failings. >> what would you like your sons to learn from your mistakes? >> i think that they're not going to make the same mistakes. >>> from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> and good morning. one
NBC
Oct 10, 2012 7:00am EDT
poll shows romney has trimmed his opponent's advantage to four points. >> i need you fired up. i need you ready to go to vote because we've got some work to do. we've got an election to win. everything that we fought for in 2008 is on the line in 2012. >> reporter: ohio is the closest thing to a must-win battleground for both campaigns no. republican president has won the white house without t.obtuse, romney waded into an explosive social issue telling "the des moines register" as president he would not pursue any legislation with regards to abortion, an apparent shift on an issue the obama campaign has tried to use against him. the president's campaign pounced writing we know the truth about where he stands on a woman's right to choose. meanwhile, the campaign's "sesame street" sideshow has turned into a regular feature. will.i.am opened the president's rally yesterday with a familiar theme ♪ sunny day." >> somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. who knew that he was driving our deficit? >> he's focused on saving big is kind of a strange thing in my view because, you se
NBC
Oct 13, 2012 7:00am EDT
that president obama is still holding a lead over governor romney in ohio. but those polls also show that the governor is closing in, within striking distance now of the president. speaking of the president, he also was in ohio this week and admitted publicly that he had a bad night out in denver for that first presidential debate. obviously a lot of republicans and democrats agreed with his assessment. the president said he was too polite and that voters can expect him to see him being a lot more active in the second debate up at hofstra university in new york. back here in ohio, paul ryan's got a big day here. he's got two stops in ohio, starting with this rally a little later this morning, and then he'll go up to minnesota before ending the night in wisconsin. he's expected to take sunday off the trail, little rest for the weary, if you will. >>> earlier, i sat down with "morning joe," asking them how they thought undecided voters would react to all the fireworks. >> i think the undecided said you know what? we'll watch some baseball this week. some football. and we'll wait for th
NBC
Oct 10, 2012 12:35am EDT
make big decisions and you're charge of a lot of people for four years. >> mr. romney, i think you made a mistake, i think you mean eight years. >> you see, kids, mr. obama just did something called using your imagination. [ laughter ] >> actually, if you take a look at the polls, i think you'll see that in a number of the key states there's -- [ door slams ] [ laughter and applause ] it's fun to use your imagination. you know, i love to have and laugh. ha-ha-ha. [ laughter ] in imagination, why, a simple piece of string here could be any number of things. ♪ can't be that. could be anything. it could be -- this doesn't make any sense. could be -- could be a piece of twine. twine and string are two fundamentally different things. you know what, this is stupid. [ trolley whistle ] oh, hey, look, it's the trolley. it's on the way to the neighborhood of make believe. that's where me and paul ryan get most of tax from. [ laughter and applause ] let's hop aboard, shall we? i think today i'll bring my trusty friend mr. dog. hi mr. dog, want to go for a trip? you do? great. [ audience oh
NBC
Oct 8, 2012 5:00am EDT
as romney closes in on president obama's lead in the polls. nbc's tracie potts live on capitol hill with the latest. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: aaron, good morning. good morning, everyone. he'll be at virginia military institute, his ninth address since summer before last on foreign policy. he expects to draw differences -- show differences, draw a contrast between himself and president obama on a number of issues. key points, including hot spots is syria, libya, egypt. he's expected to talk about having a strong military without cuts to defense, and israel being a strong ally of the united states. specifically on libya, he will say that al qaeda was behind the deaths of our ambassador and three others there, that it was the deliberate work of terrorists -- that's a quote from the advance of his speech -- not the video that's been talked about so much and that it was the same group that attacked on 9/11. on syria, he will urge america to arm the rebels who may end up being in a position of authority there. and in egypt, he will suggest tying the $1 billion in aid we give tha
NBC
Oct 9, 2012 12:35am EDT
what people are talking about. apparently, after last week's debate, polls show obama trailing mitt romney by one point. >> steve: ooh. >> jimmy: yeah, one point. or as it's also known, the thing obama failed to make during last week's debate. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] last night, president obama actually joked about his debate performance by saying that he can't perform flawlessly night after night. [ laughter ] some people are saying he stole that line from a viagra commercial. but either way, i see that he -- yeah. speaking of the election, you guys, the vice presidential debate is just three days away. both sides are busy getting ready. and republican candidate paul ryan said that he expects joe biden to come at him like a cannonball. biden was, like, "there's going to be a pool there?" [ laughter ] "i'm more of a belly flop guy, but i can -- cannonball?" [ cheers and applause ] >> steve: he's, like, "jackknife!" >> jimmy: what's the jackknife? >> steve: "belly flop!" >> jimmy: you guys hear about this? this is a true, real story. during a concert last night in spain,
NBC
Oct 15, 2012 7:00am EDT
polls, nationally tight. romney leading. this is an election that will be decided state by satate. how close is this race right now? >> the first debate did shift things. at first a lot of democrats were trying to apiece themselves saying all the movement in the polls is just a bunch of soft republicans who quote, unquote come home to mitt romney. he showed life and all of this, but i have to say the numbers i've seen in talking about campaigns, something shifted fundamentally, and it's a dead heat, but it's one of these but even right after the debate you had the obama campaign, yeah, it's just a dead heat, but we've got all the fundamental advantages in the battleground states and the romney folks would have conceded that. the numbers that have come over the last 72 hours, we're in a real dead heat, and you see that shift. this means, savannah, this debate couldn't be more critical for president obama. if he loses this debate, then you could start seeing momentum just continue to shift to romney, and he would pull ahead in a lot of state. >> that brings me to tom brokaw. we'veee
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Oct 14, 2012 8:00am EDT
positive from the point of view of the administration and we see it in the polling too that people are feeling better about the direction of the economy. that may hurt romney's argument by saying, you know, that we have to switch leadership at this point. >> before i let you go, let us know what is coming up on meet the press this morning. >> we will talk about this in our own debate setting and one on one interview with steven colbert in character and out of character as he talks about the political race and system he tries to expose. >> sounds like a good show. we will be watching. david, thanks. >> ai thanks, lester. >> you can catch the next presidential debate news night at 9:00 eastern, 6 awning pacific here on nbc. >> tom is over at the news desk. hey, good morning. >> good morning jenna and lester. good morning, everyone. another person died from the outbreak of a rare form of meningitis. 15 people have died and 198 people have been infected in more than a dozen states. >>> overseas where the shooting of a girl while on hes her way home from school horrified people in pakistan
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Oct 15, 2012 5:00pm EDT
william county. more than 80 units were damaged or destroyed. >>> president obama, mitt romney behind closed doors on the eve of the big debate tomorrow, townhall style, at hofstra university in new york. the polls show the race is extremely close at this point. >>> doug? >> looking at a few showers and even a couple of thunderstorms out there. let's look right now at doppler radar, and you can see where the showers are as they continue to make their way through the region, in through portions of southern maryland. one area you notice, this is prince george's county and anne arundel county around the green belt, chevrolet area. as you move to the south and west, the strongest storm right now close to warrenton area. seeing very heavy rain and lightning and thunder, too. i'll show you where the storms go next in the forecast. >>> a university of maryland student allegedly beaten by police for skipping and singing after a basketball game, that's what we're hearing in the trial of two officers accused in an assault. news4's chris gordon has been in the courtroom all day and joins us live
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Oct 14, 2012 9:00am EDT
there until the debate. john kerry is again playing the role of romney, and romney is traveling all over ohio while preps for the debate. the match up is in new york, and it will be a town hall style. meanwhile, the latest poll numbers may be close, but president obama's campaign has one major lead this morning. with donations from four million people. a top campaign aide says that brings fund raising to more than 181 million. >>> if you haven't registered to vote yet in next month's election, time is running out. virginia voters have to register by tomorrow. absentee voting is under deadline. >> voters can still register in person through this friday. they have to go to any dc public library, fire house, or police station. >>> a traffic alert for drivers in virginia, major ramp and lane closures this weekend. drivers should use the through lanes to get bike, and the ramp for eisenhower and telegraph. they will reopen tomorrow in time for your commute. >>> the redskins look to get back on track, and their star quarterback looks to get back on the field today. they go head to head wi
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Oct 9, 2012 7:00pm EDT
descending on the buckeye state, the o in ohio could easily stand for offense. a new poll released late this afternoon showed president obama's once large lead in ohio has shrunk to just four points. touching down on akron on the last day ohioans will vote. mitt romney will campaign here four of the last five days. the president just wrapped up his 17th rally here, more than any other state. >> do not delay, go vote today. what do you think? all right, buckeyes, we need you. >> reporter: why all the attention on ohio? no republican has won the white house without it. romney advisers insist the race has fundamentally changed here since last week. just weeks ago, the campaign briefly considered its path forward without ohio. >> we feel it's going to be close again until the end, but we feel we have an enthusiasm edge working in our favor. >> reporter: consider the electoral map, if romney loses ohio's 18 electoral votes, he needs to win six of the remaining seven swing states. all of which voted for mr. obama four years ago. after being dominated on the airwaves this summer, and painted r
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Oct 8, 2012 4:00am EDT
concert, heads to san francisco today with romney's poll numbers improving. >> they're looking very good. >> reporter: after the debate, romney is within two points of the president. and tomorrow, both candidates head to ohio, battleground ohio, where early voting is already under way. tomorrow is the last day to register to vote there. veronica? >> thank you. mitt romney will deliver that major policy speech before noon eastern, but the obama campaign is issuing a preemptive strike with this new tv ad criticizing the republican candidate's past foreign policy faux pas. take a look. >> reckless. amateurish. that's what news media and fellow republicans called mitt romney's gaffe-filled july tour of england, israel, and poland, when our u.s. diplomats were attacked in libya, "the new york times" said romney's response showed an extraordinary lack of presidential character. >> the obama campaign sed this will be romney's seventh speech on foreign policy. >>> venezuelan president hugo chavez gets to keep his job for another seven years, but his re-election came in the slimmest margin e
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Oct 8, 2012 7:00pm EDT
poll shows romney leads, now up four points between the likely voters, but a new gallup poll shows the president up by five. looking to capitalize on his momentum, today, romney tried to frame himself as a steady commander-in-chief, and in what his campaign feels is a major foreign policy speech, accusing president obama of weak leadership. >> i know that president obama hopes for a weaker middle east, but hope is not a strategy. >> reporter: and calling for a change of course, but offering few new policy details, romney argued that the middle east is a more dangerous place since the president took office, citing serious civil war. the potential of a nuclear iran, and last month's terrorist attack in libya, that left four americans, including the u.s. ambassador, dead. >> it is our responsibility, and the responsibility of the president to use his greatest power to shape history, not to lead from behind. >> reporter: the obama campaign was quick with a rebut all, they talked about specifics. >> now i'm a professor, he gave absolutely no specifics. >> reporter: in california today,
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Oct 9, 2012 4:00am EDT
today," the race tightens. the latest polls among registered voters put obama and romney dead even. >>> sdusky speaks. hours before being sentenced on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, the 68-year-old proclaims his innocence. >>> and curious discovery. the mars rover finds a bright object on the surface, but what the mars rover finds a bright object on the surface, but what exactly is it? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and the race is on. the 2012 presidential election is just four weeks away, and now new polls show the race between president obama and republican rival mitt romney is closer than ever. nbc's tracie potts has the latest on this. >>> lynn, good morning. it depends which polls you're looking at. a new pew research poll shows romney got a boost. gallup has the president up five points. they think he got a boost after the positive jobs report. mitt romney in virginia yesterday, he moves on today to iowa and ohio, but in virginia he gave a foreign policy speech where he said the world is more dangerous now because
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Oct 9, 2012 11:00am EDT
months before the deadly attack. >>> romney is now leading in at least one poll. a new sewurvey shows romney holding the lead, 49% to 45%. the governor trailed the president last month. the poll shows romney's favoribility is rising and he's making gains among women and hispanic voters. mitt romney and president obama will be campaigning in the heartland today. romney is in iowa this morning. it's his seventh trip to iowa since finishing second in january. romney will also be stopping by ohio where the president will be this afternoon. mr. obama will be at ohio state university in cluolumbus. he's campaigned on 30 college campuses this year. >>> the first lady is campaigning in northern virginia. she will speak to supporters at the loudoun county fairgrounds this evening. virginia has been a common stop for both candidates and their spouses. mitt romney and his wife made multiple stops there yesterday. the first lady's event opens to the public at 2:45 this afternoon. >>> people who live in the district, today is the last day you can register to vote by mail. applications are availabl
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Oct 9, 2012 4:00pm EDT
house. today in a poll taken after the presidential debate shows a surge for mitt romney. he is up now by five points over president obama in the midwest where ohio and iowa could determine the winner in november. both candidates happen to be campaigning in those states today. steve handelsman joins us now from the hill with more on a shift in strategy for romney. steve? >> reporter: thanks, jim. just a few weeks ago, mitt romney had all but written ohio off. now in that critical swing state in florida and virginia, in iowa, he is pushing back hard. mitt romney came to dusty iowa on his way to ohio with new confidence that he can win those battleground states. and a new willingness to open up personally. today about glen dougherty, a navy s.e.a.l. romney met at a party. >> you can imagine how i felt when i found out he was one of the two form he s.e.a.l.s killed in bell gazay on september 11th. and it touched me, obviously. >> reporter: after the debate in denver, romney soared to a lead over president obama nationally among likely voters. in the pugh poll and the gallup survey. but th
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Oct 11, 2012 6:00am EDT
keep their season going. >> and getting tight. the poll just released that shows mitt romney picking up momentum in key places. >>> we'll have those stories just ahead. first we want to go to the news4 ve desk. >> crews still on the scene of a deadly house fire in east baltimore that has killed five people, including four children. take a look. our chopper is now over the scene. wbal is reporting the grandmother and four children were killed. you can see a look at that aerial shot. you can see the apparatus as well as some flashing lights. we know that a man had to jump from a second story window. at one point a firefighter fell through the floor and two firefighters received minor injuries. investigators still not clear how the fire started. >>> thank you. >>> 6:00 a.m., and it is just 48 degrees out there. a chilly start to our day. we have a big baseball game today at nats park. we'll know if it's going to warm up for the baseball game. >> what do you say, v.j.? >> yeah, it's going to warm up, just not quite where we were yesterday. ten degrees cooler today. >> whoa. th's
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Oct 9, 2012 4:30am EDT
lead over the president 49% to 45%. this amounts to a huge swing. the poll also shows that romney's favorability is rising and that he's making gains among women and hispanic voters. >>> this week republicans are focusing on winning over voters in north carolina. senators john mccain and behind day graham will be campaigning on behalf of mitt romney today in the battle ground state. house speaker john boehner will attend events for the gop presidential nominee on friday and saturday. romney himself will campaign in north carolina on thursday. he was in virginia yesterday. he told supporters in newport news that president obama would cut military spending, which will leave hundreds of thousands of virginians without a job. the president will be campaigning in ohio. he'll visit ohio state university in columbus. president obama held more than 30 campaign events on college campuses this year. he'll fly to the buckeye state from california where he wrapped up a lucrative fund-raising trip last night in san francisco. >>> another death linked to that meningitis outbreak. the centers for
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Oct 9, 2012 5:00am EDT
poll. a new survey by pew research shows mitt romney now with a 4-point lead over the president, 49% to 45%. in the same poll taken a month ago, mitt romney actually trailed the president 8 points, 51% to 43%. now, that was just as that hidden camera video surfaced of the gop nominee's 47% comments. the new poll also contained good news for mitt romney on other fronts. his favorability now at 50% for the first time in a pew poll. and the former governor also saw gains among hispanics, women, and voters under the age of 50. >>> the race for virginia's u.s. senate seat is getting personal. tim kaine and george allen squared off in a live televised debate in richmond. allen, a republican, criticized kaine for accepting a j a chairmann governor of virginia. >> how does the governor take on a second job that sends him all over the country, giving partisan speak ofs, while over 100,000 jobs are lost in virginia? >> i'm proud of the fact that when i was governor at a very challenging time, we did a lot to bring businesses to virginia and to have a profile that was significantly greater tha
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Oct 11, 2012 5:00am EDT
11:00. >>> mitt romney has enjoyed a boost in several polls from a strong debate performance, but it's a new poll out this morning of voters in swing states that may hold the most encouraging news for the former governor. the poll by nbc news, marist and "wall street journal" shows romney closing the gap in three states. ohio, florida, and right here in virginia. it is virginia that is considered one of the most importan states of this election where romney is really gaining some ground. he now leads the president there 48% to 47%. that is a three-point swing from last week when he trailed by two points. in ohio is where we're also seeing some new numbers this morning. the president still leads there, though. romney has gained two points, though, in the last week to shrink the advantage to 51-45 right now. the president also leading in florida this morning, but only by one percentage point, well within the margin of error for this poll. the only good news for the president here, it is the same lead he held during last week's poll. >> while mitt romney can't be in all key states al
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Oct 15, 2012 2:05am EDT
, the framing of this is that things are moving in romney's directions. if you look at the polling in the battleground states, there has been a movement toward him after that first debate. what makes you think that is sustainable? >> because it was based on i think a sharp contrast between the vision of mitt romney and the record of barack obama. it's the first time that 60 million americans live got to see the two, and another 60 million or so through social media got to see him. i think it's a sustainable trend. and in virginia, i think that it's all about jobs and energy and the economy and debt. that's what the independent voters, that last 7% or 8% of swing voters are going to vote on, and i think mitt romney did a great job to show why his ideas over the next four years will beat barack obama's last four years. >> this is the cover of "the week" magazine. it says has obama lost his mojo and the election. i bet you don't see this movement toward romney to be sustainable. >> i think it's temporary. it was a question of mitt romney's style that got a lot of people looking again. bu
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Oct 9, 2012 6:00pm EDT
romney ahead, but the president keeping his lead in the poll with a bigger group. all registered voters, democrats figure more than ever now, it is turnout that will decide who wins. i'm steve handelsman, news4. >>> the big day is almost here. the nationals' first game of the playoff season is tomorrow afternoon at nationals park against the cardinals by this time tomorrow, the game will probably be over. and thousands of baseball fans will converge with rush hour traffic. news4 transportation reporter adam joins us from the navy yard metro with a look at the traffic preparations. >> reporter: rush hour meets the first nats playoff game and it could make a mess of your commute. a 1:00 start time at the ballpark and win or lose, the game and the 40,000 plus fans will likely be letting out right into the heart of rush hour. metro has been getting ready. >> we are going to be running extra trains on the green line as we do for most nationals games. we'll be running them several hours in advance of the game. >> reporter: and on the roads. >> everybody i think needs to have a game plan wheth
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Oct 9, 2012 7:00am EDT
presidential race and a new poll showing mitt romney now leading president obama. we'll talk about that with senator john mccain in just a couple of minutes, but first nbc's peter alexander is on the campaign trail in newport news, virginia. peter, good morning. >> reporter: matt, good morning to you. as you noted, this race appears to be tightening now with exactly four weeks to go, and on monday mitt romney, trying to present himself as a plausible commander in chief, attacked the president saying that the middle east has become a more dangerous place than when president obama took office. the latest pit stop in president obama's effort to reach his fund-raising goal of $1 billion, san francisco. >> we cannot afford to be complacent, and we cannot afford to be cynical. we've got to look back at the progress we've made, and that should give us confidence, but we have to understand that we've got a lot more to do. >> reporter: in virginia, a reinvigorated mitt romney may as we will have been singing in the rain, a downpour. >> people wonder why it is i'm so confident we're going to win.
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Oct 11, 2012 4:00am EDT
right here on nfc. >>> the latest nbc news wall street journal marist polls find that republican nominee mitt romney has surged in three swing states. governor romney's largest gain was in virginia where he now leads president obama 48 to 47%. that's a virtual tie and within the margin of error. in florida president obama retains a one point lead over romney, 48 to 47%. in that key battleground state of ohio mitt romney gained two points but the president still leads 51 to 45. >>> well, elsewhere today marks one month since the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. yesterday the white house again lied any intentional coverup of what led to the assault and said the investigation continues. lawmakers demanded to know how lax security may have been and whether warning signs were simply ignored. nbc's steve handlesman is in washington. >> reporter: to highlight his concern, president obama had his terrorism advisor john brennan in libya to push the investigation of the 9/11 2012 attack that killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three others. but republicans at th
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Oct 11, 2012 12:35am EDT
confusing here. there's a new poll by the pew research center that shows romney ahead of obama by 4%. and then, and then this other poll that obama says he regained his pre-debate lead, were they're neck and neck. a lot of different polls with conflicting numbers. and to help us make sense of it all, we now go to our expert pollster, paul porter. paul? >> thank you, jimmy. polls, opinion polls, straw polls, exit polls, entrance polls. people polling people, to peg public opinion, politically. so? i pitched a poll. to peg a pack of people's political opinions. then, pollinated that poll with a partial percentage plucked from public polls picked from popular political periodicals. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: so what did you find out, paul? >> they are tied. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: thank you. [ cheers and applause ] get this, i read this story about a new porn site that just launched, that donates all its profits to charity. unfortunately, charity is just the name of one of the porn stars. [ laughter ] just -- confusing. sad news, you guys, six months after getting engaged on national tv, ben and
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Oct 15, 2012 7:00pm EDT
the tenor of the race, gave a boost to romney, and forced a re-assessment of the president's performance. and look at two of the latest national polls of likely voters, both politico and "the washington post" show the national numbers are within the margin of error. that is why when the two meet at hofstra, we begin with peter alexander at the debate meeting, peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you, let me show you inside this debate hall. once again, mitt romney will be in the seat on the left, the president gets the seat on the right. i was just down there on set and the paint is actually still wet. tomorrow night, both men will have a chance to debate, with many undecided. after a weekend limited brief sightings, mitt romney left church services, and today, both candidates are again studying quietly. president obama at this exclusive williamsburg, virginia, hotel, wrapping up what debate experts call the debate coaching. on the eve of his lackluster denver debate, the president took a trip to the hoover dam, today, not a single event planned not a sing
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